There is no indication of the construction of a foreign military base on Assomption.
This was the conclusion of a 2-day visit on Astove and Assomption by members of Preserve Seychelles, the association which has been campaigning against the construction of a foreign military base on Assomption.
The visit was organized by IDC, upon the request of the government to shed light on the various speculations on the issue of a military base on Assomption and the presence of the Indian military on Assomption and neighbouring Astove.
The three members of Preserve Seychelles who were selected for the visit were its Chairman Mr. Terry Sandapin, Mr. Guynemer Corgat and Mr. Ralph Volcere.
“We are satisfied at not having seen any indication of foreign presence on the outer islands. IDC has been transparent, it has given us and the press all the possibilities to visit wherever we wanted and ask whatever questions we had. The media is here and they will diffuse information so they can put the minds of the people at rest” said Mr. Ralph Vocere, the Media and Communications Consultant of Preserve Seychelles.
“As we have all seen, the allegations are false and we hope that next time, when there are rumors and allegations, they can ask questions and we do not need to spend money to prove it. It was a good trip and everybody is satisfied and most importantly it is a win win situation for the people of Seychelles as they will know the truth once and for all” concluded Mr. Savy at the end of the trip.
Following the visit, Preserve Seychelles will produce a report to disclose their findings.
Residents of Silhouette are now enjoying SBC digital TV with the installation of equipment to capture digital TV signal from Mahe and retransmitting over Silhouette.
A team of 4 engineers from the national broadcaster spent the weekend on Silhouette to do the necessary installation, then went door to door to ensure that residents are receiving SBC television.
Since the introduction of digital television, TV reception on Silhouette island was very poor, with residents barely able to watch a programme.
Now that Silhouette has moved to digital, residents and guests at the IDC Guesthouse can enjoy several free to view TV channels being offered on SBC TV, among which SBC 1, SBC 2, TV 5, CGTN, France 24 and RT TV. In Addition to that, they can also tune in to Radyo Sesel, Paradise FM and BBC radio.
IDC is neither cropping, nor selling bird eggs this season.
IDC has learned that some cartons of bird eggs with its logo there-on are currently in use and that a carton of bird eggs is being sold for up to SR1500. IDC would like to state that these are most probably boxes from last year that are being re-used by some other persons or agencies. IDC would like to reiterate that it is not selling bird eggs this year.
As a policy, IDC only crops bird eggs from Desnoeufs island once every two years. As bird eggs were collected last year, this year there will be no bird eggs from IDC.
President Danny Faure visited Providence, where he saw the newly completed airstrip on the island.
The airstrip measures 1300 metres in length by 23 metres wide and is crucial to future development of the island. Work on the airstrip started on 10th December 2018 and was completed on 20th March 2019. Government contributed SR 5 million toward the total cost of the project, which was SR 19.5 million.
The CEO of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy and the Deputy CEO, Mrs. Veronique Herminie accompanied the President on the visit. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Col. Michael Rosette, Principal Secretary for Finance, Mr. Damien Thesee and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe also formed part of the delegation.
While on the island, President Faure toured the developments, including renovated facilities that have been made cyclone proof. IDC is in the process of developing infrastructure on Providence, having earmarked a 10 room guesthouse for tourism, and 2 bungalows specifically for Seychellois, so as to encourage local tourism.
The new facilities is expected to be operational in March 2020.
This is the last runway to be built on the outer islands. The other 10 runways are on Alphonse, Assomption, Astove, Coetïvy, Desroches, Farquhar, Marie-Louise, Platte, Poivre, and Remire.
After the collection of 10.627 tons of marine debris on the beaches of 8 outer islands, Alphonse, Astove, Coetivy, Desroches, Farquhar, Platte, Poivre and Remire, the 36 volunteers who took part in the first ever large scale beach clean-up on the outer islands were awarded and recognized for a job well done.
The clean-up team consisted of IDC staff, members of The Ocean Project Seychelles, medical staff from the Ministry of Health and volunteers who did not make the shortlist for the Aldabra clean-up as well as several partners; Island Conservation Society, Alphonse Hotel, Desroches Hotel and the Prison Services which allowed a group of inmates on Coetivy to join in the clean-up.
As a sign of appreciation, they received trophies and letters of appreciation from President Danny Faure, Vice President Vincent Meriton and IDC CEO, Mr. Glenny Savy in a ceremony at the Savoy Resort & Spa.
The Ocean Project Seychelles which was in charge of data collection for the clean-up made a presentation on the quantity and composition debris collected – 18,028 flip flops, 1,962 lighters, 2 tons of ropes and nets, 18,224 plastic bottles, 2,594 glass bottles, 967 buoys, 703 lightbulbs and tubes, 34 FADs and 452 kg of foamed plastic.
In his address, Mr. Savy thanked all the volunteers for the success of the activity. He called on everyone to help bring awareness on the impact of marine debris on the outer islands.
“There is an urgent need to inform the world of our dilemma, of the consequences of of inadequate waste management, of the need for more restraint when throwing away trash in the storm run-offs or leaving it on the beach after a picnic, of managing fishing operations in a more conscious and sustainable manner, and of the result of dumping all that we no longer have any need for along our coastlines.”
All the rubbish collected are being brought back to Mahe and a good amount will be recycled and re-used as a tool to create more awareness on the effects of rubbish in the ocean.
The Outer Islands Clean-Up exercise was held between 18th and 31st March as a follow-up to the Aldabra clean-up project.
IDC Aviation has adopted Centrik to replace the Aviation Management System Qperfect.
Centrik handles all management issues, engineered specifically to manage aviation operations and negate the need for paper, be it safety, risk, compliance/quality, EFBs, OPS, CAMO, AMO management or any other management requirements.
With the adoption of Centrik, IDC Aviation is now aligned with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority which also uses Centrik.
Ben Pitts, the Implementation Officer from Centrik conducted a 3-day training in April at IDC Aviation for the management team and staff involved in quality assurance, compliance, safety and training.
Centrik provides complete operational management systems for the aviation, military, maritime and banking sectors and helps ensure regulatory compliance. Born from the civil aviation sector, Centrik currently has more than 28,000 users working in some of the most highly regulated and safety critical industries in the world.
On the first 4 days of the clean-up, more than 2 tons of marine debris has been collected from the beaches of Alphonse, Astove, Coetivy, Desroches, Farquhar, Platte, Poivre and Remire.
Some 40 volunteers comprising of IDC staff, NGO The Ocean Project Seychelles, Health professionals as well as some other individuals are picking up, sorting and weighing the debris collected from the sea shore.
This clean up operation is also part of a survey by the NGO to learn more about the impact of marine pollution in Seychelles. The Ocean Project which was established in November 2016 in response to the global issue of marine plastic pollution affecting the Seychelles with a mission to tackle the problem through education, action and research.
This is the first such exercise for the outer islands. The Chairperson of the IDC Board of Directors, Mr. Patrick Berlouis, who is leading the team of volunteers on Coetivy describes as saddening that people in some parts of the world are using the ocean to dispose of their rubbish. He notes that this exercise is just a small step which will hopefully go a long way in educating people about the ocean and the need to protect it.
The trend is similar on all the islands. Flip flops, pet and glass bottles, cigarette lighters, tube light and styrofoams boxes are topping the list of debris collected.
Large number of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD), ropes, buoys and nets from fishing vessels are also making it to the shores.
The first-ever large-scale clean-up of the outer islands managed by the IDC will take place from March 18th to 31st. As part of the exercise, forty volunteers will clean eight islands, namely Astove, Alphonse, Farquhar, Desroches, Poivre, Remire, Coetivy, and Platte. IDC met with the volunteers before they left, to brief them on the different aspects of the clean-up activity.
All logistics for the clean-up have been taken care of by IDC. “We are sure that volunteers are going to have fun, enjoy this unique opportunity to visit the islands, and do something good for the environment,” said the CEO, Mr. Glenny Savy.
Mr. Savy informed the volunteers that IDC undertakes monthly clean-ups on most of the outer islands but saw it necessary to team up with local partners to collect marine debris on a large scale similarly to the Aldabra cleanup project.
The aim of the clean-up on the IDC-managed outer islands is to remove and dispose of marine litter that has accumulated along the coastlines of those islands.
IDC is collaborating with The Ocean Project Seychelles, a local non-profit organisation created to raise awareness on the dangers of plastic waste. The Ocean Project Seychelles will lead the marine litter assessments on the islands to establish where the plastic pollution hotspots are, how much is arriving annually and how this varies between the inner islands and outer islands.
Once collected, sorted, and weighed, all waste collected will be taken to the base camp of each outer island and shipped back to Mahe.
A meeting was held at State House between President Danny Faure and the IDC Board of Directors in which the board briefed the Head of State on various projects that are currently being implemented on the outer islands and those that will be undertaken soon.
President Faure also received a full assessment of IDC’s past performances. This discussion was facilitated thanks to IDC’s recent annual report which covers the period 2014-2018, which the President received a copy of.
The report provides information on the structure of IDC, the company’s financial review from 2014 to 2018, infrastructure development, conservation, challenges, future plans as well as the auditor’s report, among other information.
The issue of the winding down of Green Island Construction Company, a subsidiary of IDC was also discussed.
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